Scots top the league for using their phones while driving

20/03/2017

Scots top the league for using their phones while driving

20/03/2017

A new study has found that Scottish drivers are almost four times more likely to have a conviction for using a mobile phone at the wheel than the UK national average.

In fact, Scottish drivers were almost four times more likely to have received a CU80 conviction in 2016 than the national average of 5.4%, according to the GoCompare survey:

Scotland 19.5%

London 12.4%

North West England 6.0%

East of England 5.9%

South East England 5.0%

South West England 3.3%

Yorkshire 3.1%

West Midlands 2.6%

Wales 2.5%

North East England 2.3%

East Midlands 1.4%

Northern Ireland 0.9%

At the top of the list for Scottish drivers were those in Motherwell, Glasgow and Kilmarnock, while Kirkwall and Aberdeen recorded the lowest percentage of convictions in Scotland.

“In addition to the obvious road safety issues and the new tougher penalties, using your phone behind the wheel can have serious insurance implications,” Matt Oliver of GoCompare Car Insurance said. “Drivers with a CU80 conviction could see their premiums rise by over £100, on top of the potential fine and points on their licence.

“Whether the new penalties will reduce the number people using their handsets behind the wheel remains to be seen,” he added. “However, what is clear is that, for drivers caught on their phone, it will likely be the most expensive call they’ll ever make.”